Lauren Lund is a wife, a mother of 6 (3 regular kids and 3 fur babies), a teacher, and a writer. She is a self-proclaimed nerd who spends most of her free time reading and writing or walking outdoors where she can reflect on the aforementioned. She is currently working on her first non-fiction book and is back in school for pastoral counseling.
Lauren and I have both had a "Plan B" birth experience, where the birth in your head is not the birth you experience. She shares with raw authenticity about her traumatic birth with her oldest child and how that experience has colored her journey as a mother and woman.
This is an episode about pain, healing, growth, moving forward, and story-telling. I hope you enjoy listening as much as I enjoyed having this conversation.
Lauren: It’s weird how something as small as the fact that I didn’t get to hold her after having her can affect me 9 years later, but it does. It comes up in weird ways.
Lauren: I want there to be this movement where we start acknowledging more loudly that having a baby and becoming a mother is a process that’s full of trauma and crisis a lot of the time. And that’s OKAY. It doesn’t mean that you’re not a good mom or you don’t love your kids, but its life changing.
Brittany: Sometimes, we have a really hard time telling our painful stories and they get locked inside of us in a way that alters the beginning of our motherhood in such a way that we live in pain instead of living in healing.
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